I Got Band Friends, Y’all!

I Got Band Friends, Y’all!

Last Saturday, Big Daddy and I did something we haven’t done since our kids were born. We went to see a band perform. In a bar. At night. We never leave the house at night. And when I say we never leave the house at night, I mean we never leave the house at night. […]

Guinness Oxtails

Guinness Oxtails

Today oxtails are the tails of beef cattle—cows and bulls—and not oxen. The tails are well-exercised muscles, marbled with fat. They used to be considered a “throwaway” meat, sometimes free or very inexpensive at the local butcher. With their growing popularity, oxtails are at a premium. The robust flavor of the meat comes from the […]

Every Day Is Valentine’s Day

Every Day Is Valentine’s Day

My husband and I have been together for almost twenty-three years. We’ve been a couple for so long that we don’t get caught up in the trappings of Valentine’s Day like we did when we were younger. At this stage in our relationship, we’re just grateful to still be together and madly in love with […]

A Resolute Resolve

A Resolute Resolve

Two years ago, my New Year’s resolution was to write a novel. And it’s been the only resolution I’ve ever kept. It took me nine months to write the first draft and fifteen months to get the story right. I have devoted two years of my life to developing a story that I hope people […]

Mom’s Week Out

Mom’s Week Out

Okay…I didn’t quite meet the NaNoWriMo Challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. I came up short by about 48,877 words. But at least I managed a pretty interesting opening scene. In my defense, I got sidetracked by a week in Las Vegas with my friend Tara. I may not have written half of […]

Beef Stew

Beef Stew

Winter showed up for about three days and I decided to make beef stew. It turns out that beef stew is an aphrodisiac so I had to share. You’re welcome. Beef Stew Makes 8 servings 1 slice bacon 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 pounds beef chuck, cut into chunks 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 3/4 […]

NaNoWriMo: Another Love Story

NaNoWriMo: Another Love Story

November is National Novel Writing Month, and I’ve taken on the task of participating in NaNoWriMo in order to kickstart my next novel. NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write 50,000 in thirty days. Two years ago I participated for the first time and began my first book. I managed to write over 37,000 words in […]

It’s More Than Just Words

It’s More Than Just Words

Writing a novel is not for the faint of heart. It’s a long process that takes an emotional toll, whether you want it to or not. I’ve been working on my story everyday for almost 2 years (1 year 11 months and 19 days to be exact) and now I’m at the point where I […]

Greek Yogurt Cake

Greek Yogurt Cake

Greek Yogurt Cake Makes 1 loaf 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 1/3 cups sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon orange extract 1/4 teaspoon almond extract 2 large eggs, at room temperature 1 egg yolk, at […]

Amaretto Peach Tart

Amaretto Peach Tart

Amaretto Peach Tart Makes 6 servings 1 sheet frozen puff pastry 2 medium ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced 2 tablespoon light brown sugar, packed 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon Amaretto 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon fresh nutmeg Pinch kosher salt 1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water for and eggwash 2 […]